Pune: The Pune Railway Division sent flood relief material to Kerala on Monday on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal (CSMT)-Kanyakumari train. The relief material items included food, clothes and medicines.
On Saturday, the division sent a train with 29 wagons filled with drinking water to the Kayamkulam junction in the coastal part of Kerala. The state is suffering from a severe shortage of drinking water. This is the third such consignment of relief material sent by the division.
“Four tonnes of relief material consisting of packaged food articles, medicines and clothes were loaded on train number 16381 to the Trivandrum station by the United Nurses Association of Pune,” said Krishnath Patil, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Pune Railway Division.
Besides, railway officials and other staff contributed from their salaries to help the victims of Kerala which is dealing with floods.
“Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Coal, has announced that Railways is committed to providing all possible help in this hour of crisis in Kerala due to the floods. Railways is now providing free transportation of relief material to Kerala from various states, PSUs and other government agencies,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer of Central Railway.
“Central Railway has taken initiative after the instructions given by the minister of railways. It has been decided to deduct contributions from salaries of staff and officers. The proceeds will be remitted to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. The exact amount of contributions will be known by August 31. Central Railway has around 90,000 staff and officers on its payroll,” he said.
Central Railway has already sent water in 14 wagons to Kerala, besides sending 27,000 kg relief material by trains.
Due to landslides on Castle Rock-Kulem section in Hubballi Division, train number 12779 down Vasco-Nizamuddin Goa Express, journey commencing on August 21 from Vasco, is diverted via Madgaon-Roha-Panvel-Kalyan-Igatpur-Manmad. This train will not arrive at Pune junction on August 22.